Claire Saunders

Claire is an Australian born, France based yoga teacher who has been visiting India for the last 22 years almost yearly to study yoga, ayurveda, philosophy and Hindustani music. Her principal teachers have been Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Jois in Mysore, India where she has learnt the Ashtanga Yoga method (and she has their traditional Guru Shysha blessing to teach this style of yoga). Claire has also had the great honour of studying Bhakti yoga with Swami Niranjanananda and his teachers with the Bhihar School of yoga (mantra, philosophy, chanting). Claire has been playing the western silver flute for 37 years and from the last 16 years she has also been playing the Bansuri with her teacher Ravi Shankar Mishra. Claire practices Primary, Intermediate and Advanced Ashtanga Yoga asanas and has the blessing of the KPJAYI to teach both the Primary and full Intermediate Series.

Claire established Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence (a yoga studio and student accommodation home situated in a small village between Aix en Provence and Marseille) in 2012 where she continues to teach in both French and English to a mix of local students and international visitors. Claire is Australian by nationality and lives in France with her 7 year old daughter.

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